Anthropological Perspectives On Kinship

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University of Alberta, Oct 20, 1996 - Family & Relationships - 198 pages
In this volume Ladislav Holy considers the extent to which overridingly Western assumptions have guided anthropological studies of kinship. This is the first introductory text on the subject to consider changes in the conceptualisation of kinship brought about by new reproductive technologies and the growing interest in culturally specific notions of personhood and gender. Holy reveals a growing sensitivity on the part of anthropologists to individual ideas of personhood and gender, and encourages further critical reflection on cultural bias in approaches to the subject. Linking kinship with wider debates in anthropology and the social sciences in a lucid, jargon free study, Anthropological Perspectives on Kinship is an invaluable introduction to current practice for specialists and non-specialists alike.
 

Contents

First Principles
9
Kinship Descent and Marriage
40
Kinship and the Domestic Domain
51
Lineage Theory
71
Matrilineal
102
Marriage and Alliance
124
Universality of Kinship and the Current Practice
143
References
174
Index
191
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About the author (1996)

Ladislav Holy was Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews and the author of several publications including Kinship, Honour and Solidarity: Cousin Marriage in the Middle East (1989). He died in 1997.

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